Russell T. Jones, Ph.D.

Licensed Clinical Psychologist                    Trauma Expert

About Russell T. Jones, Ph.D.
Recent Vitae

Dr. Jones is a Professor of Psychology at Virginia Tech and a Licensed Clinical Psychologist who specializes in trauma psychology, as well as child and adult psychopathology.  

He and his students have studied natural and man-made disasters, as well as interpersonal violence. 

He is also an expert in the behavioral sciences and disaster preparedness. Disorders of primary interest include:

-  Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and its co-morbidities
-  Depression

Dr. Jones has served as a member of numerous editorial boards, as well as co-editor of Behavior Therapy and Black Populations: Psychosocial Issues and Empirical Findings.

Dr. Jones is the founder and director of R.E.A.A.C.T. (Recovery Effort After Adult and Child Trauma), a program that is designed to assist children and their families following trauma.


Please see our current Graduate Research lab website here.

Dr. Jones' research and background spans numerous areas, applying his expertise and experience as a Clinical Psychologist.

Examples of areas he has been involved in:

-1991 Painted Cave Fires
-1992 Hurricane Andrew

Guiding Frameworks
  -Social cognitive theory (coping efficacy, mastery)
  -Stress and coping theory (appraisals)
  -Conservation and resources theory (gain and loss spirals)
  -Social support deterioration (received versus perceived)
    -Residential and wildfires (coping/RSL)
    -Hurricanes Andrew and Katrina (SS, PTG)
    -Virginia Tech Shootings (S-E, WV, Grief, Forgiveness)
  -PTSD and its co-morbidities
  -Traumatic brain injury